Nuno Espírito Santo has done an excellent job for Wolves since signing for them at the end of May 2017.
Since then he has had them promoted from the Championship in first place and in their first season back they are in 7th place with 39 points.
In his 83 games in charge of Wolves, he has won 47 of them for a 56.6% winning rate, and for all the 272 games he has managed, his winning percentage is 50.4.
So he’s an outstanding manager who Rafa knows well.
That looks like a foul on goalkeeper Martin Dubravka
In his comments after the match after Wolves had equalized in the 95th minute, he was diplomatic and from the Wolves point of view gave a balanced summary of what happened in the game.
But when you are 1-0 ahead with seconds to go in stoppage time, you should be able to win the game, and the Magpies have lost points late in the game too many times this season.
This is what Nuno said after the game:
“It came late, but the performance deserved goals. We created situations but the final touch was not there. It is something we must improve and be more clinical,”
“Credit to Newcastle they were so organized. The last minute shows the character of the team.”
“After their goal, the game is more difficult; they stayed more compact, more aggressive, always with the danger of counter-attacks, so the game becomes delicate for us.”
“Credit to Newcastle, they were so organized, so compact and it became really hard and very intense.”
“It’s not about the point, the story of the game could have been different as the first half was totally controlled.”
“What I’m disappointed with is to concede; we must be compact and we allowed Newcastle too much time to decide the final pass.”
“The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I’m pleased for the late moment of joy.”
“Once again, it’s a last-minute goal that I think it puts some justice in the game, honestly.”
“We keep on going, the boys keep on going, they know until the final whistle is there, everybody fights.
“The first half we played good, very good against a good team in Newcastle. Second half we didn’t start so well and a mistake allowed the goal of Newcastle.”
“I didn’t see the images yet (of the Wolves goal).” “I don’t judge the work of the referees because it is so hard. The referees are so well prepared and must decide in a second,” Nuno added.
“We should have done better, but the effort in the last minute and the way they believed shows character. But we require a lot of improvement.”
“Referees are so well prepared and must decide in one second. The decision that he makes, before seeing the images, I’ll always support”
” I don’t judge because it’s so difficult, it’s so hard.”
“The job is the referee’s to judge and if he does not see something, it’s good.”
Benitez was not happy at the end of the game after the last second equalizer, and he talked to the referee immediately after the game.
Rafa thought it was a foul on the goalkeeper by goalscorer Willy Boly, although he also thought Dubravka should have just punched the ball away as a safety measure.
But we lost 2 points last night and there’s not much we can do about it now.
Other than that the players need to understand how on earth we allowed them to score so late in the game.